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Hi I am a 31 year old female, no history of smoking, asthma, etc. I was looking for a place to share my story because I am so confused and scared.

March 11th - seen for a mild ear infection prob due to swimming. Given Amoxicillin for 10 days
March 21st- I take the last amoxicillin and that night run a 101 fever.
March 25th - I see a doctor and am given the speech that 80% of these respiratory/sinus things are viral so lets just rest and hydrate(she did detect a wheeze and witnessed the 101fever.)
March 27th - I see my primary doctor and I knew I was running a fever but I didn't realize it was a 104 fever! I ran the first *** light ever that day and I think it was because I was so disoriented. Just thankful no one was hurt. My doc gave me a penicillin shot and a z pac.. The entire time I am on the z pac I am running 103-104 fevers even with regular tylenol and Ibuprofen. I can't eat and have lost 22 pounds (I am still over 200 so I can stand to lose some weight but not like this...)
March 31st- Took last of the z-pac 8pm.I am awakened being shaken and my fever is 104.5. I am completely disorriented and am basically ordered into a cool shower by my neighbor who may have saved my life. She drives me to the E.R. where I discover I have Pneumonia on my left lung. Never had pneumonia so it really didn't occur to me.I am prescribed ANOTHER z pac. The high fevers do subside around the 3rd day but 101-102 fevers are still occurring. I had been told to follow up with my primary are doc that week but it just wasn't feasible as she had few hours due to the upcoming holidays. So April 6I go to urgent care. Fevers are basically low grade from this point out (100.6 100.8 etc) but I still am wanting to sleep around the clock and a doctor comes out (he may have been a P.A.) and says this is really bad. You have pneumonia in both lungs you need to go to the E.R. So after waiting 2 hours in urgent care I wait 2 hours in the E.R. They take their own x-ray and confirm the diagnosis. I was originally told I would be admitted and they were waiting on a bed. They give me two breathing treatments, a couple hours on oxygen, saline, and a respiratory IV drug plus levaquin. I went home with a prescription for levaquin and Phenergan. They said I looked too good to be admitted. I was ORDERED to come back Sunday morning for a repeat chest x-ray. I started coughing up blood in the shower Saturday night. I had been told to come in sooner if I had worsening symptoms. My chest did hurt worse! So I come in and was completely disrespected. Weren't you just here yesterday, your lungs sound really good, I wouldn't want that extra radiation with your cancer history etc(been cancer free for nearly 2 years and I get x rays and cts frequently to make sure it isn't back...duh!) I said the doctor told me to come back for another x ray and she said snidely well that's up to the doctor. I was wheeled back to the xray room. Told to go back to the waiting room and then a NURSE brings me discharge papers and says to keep up what I am doing, it is only in the left upper lobe now. I look down and it says Viral pneumonia upper left lobe. I asked her how did it turn from bacterial to viral overnight? She blushes and says I think I made a typo but it doesn't matter just keep doing what you are doing. I still don't understand how pneumonia in my right lung just vanished in less than 24 hours. So... the fevers are on the rise again (just broke 101.8) so I go back to my primary dr yesterday and she wanted to culture the junk in my chest. IDK if the specimen was good enough as I wasn't able to cough up much. So now when I cough I usually vomit. They refuse to admit me, so I guess I just wait and pop the levaquin and tylenol until someone calls me. What would you do? I have been EVERYWHERE my insurance is covered and no one will recognize how much pain I'm in or how scared I am. My primary care doc is doing her best but this is still frightening. None of my family is sick. It is making my up till now controlled depression worse. I don't have anyone to take care of me. I am the one who takes care of people and right now I wish I could sleep and wake up better.
My cancer was in 2009, ovarian so completely unrelated. My initial titer for valley fever when diagnosed was 32 which is pretty bad but with diflucan it is now 8 and I am still on it. They started me out at 400 mg and then I got sick again and the doc put me on 800 mg for a few weeks since it resembled fungal meningitis to the dr though I wasn't extremely ill and no fever (he said the anti fungals could be controling it to a point but I could still have it.) So I had a spinal tap and it was clean so I am down to 600 mg a day. As far as I know I don't have any long term damage although my last chest x-ray was a little cloudy. The fatigue is mind blowing. I had some fatigue when I went through chemo but not this bad. A good day is when I go grocery shopping, get a load of laundry done and cook a decent dinner, give my daughter a bath. Just that much can leave me in bed most of the next day. I am going to try to go back to Curves next week and see how it goes. It is an oxymoron but a little exercise is supposed to lessen the chronic fatigue. Also I have been having a lot of pain, back, joints, etc so they are in the process of doing tests on me to rule out anything else. Sorry long story short, still dealing with stuff but not as ill as I was. Yes it was scary that I was symptomatic for a month and no one could figure out what it was. Since I am pretty sure I have a touch of hypochondria (if you had cancer that was diagnosed practically by accident you would be paranoid too! lol) sometimes I don't feel like I am taken seriously but when the symptoms are staring a doc right in the face one would think they would. Anyhow that's my story, thanks for "listening" :)
[QUOTE=Miss Lissa;4960006]Hi I am a 31 year old female, no history of smoking, asthma, etc. I was looking for a place to share my story because I am so confused and scared.

March 11th - seen for a mild ear infection prob due to swimming. Given Amoxicillin for 10 days
March 21st- I take the last amoxicillin and that night run a 101 fever.
March 25th - I see a doctor and am given the speech that 80% of these respiratory/sinus things are viral so lets just rest and hydrate(she did detect a wheeze and witnessed the 101fever.)
March 27th - I see my primary doctor and I knew I was running a fever but I didn't realize it was a 104 fever! I ran the first *** light ever that day and I think it was because I was so disoriented. Just thankful no one was hurt. My doc gave me a penicillin shot and a z pac.. The entire time I am on the z pac I am running 103-104 fevers even with regular tylenol and Ibuprofen. I can't eat and have lost 22 pounds (I am still over 200 so I can stand to lose some weight but not like this...)
March 31st- Took last of the z-pac 8pm.I am awakened being shaken and my fever is 104.5. I am completely disorriented and am basically ordered into a cool shower by my neighbor who may have saved my life. She drives me to the E.R. where I discover I have Pneumonia on my left lung. Never had pneumonia so it really didn't occur to me.I am prescribed ANOTHER z pac. The high fevers do subside around the 3rd day but 101-102 fevers are still occurring. I had been told to follow up with my primary are doc that week but it just wasn't feasible as she had few hours due to the upcoming holidays. So April 6I go to urgent care. Fevers are basically low grade from this point out (100.6 100.8 etc) but I still am wanting to sleep around the clock and a doctor comes out (he may have been a P.A.) and says this is really bad. You have pneumonia in both lungs you need to go to the E.R. So after waiting 2 hours in urgent care I wait 2 hours in the E.R. They take their own x-ray and confirm the diagnosis. I was originally told I would be admitted and they were waiting on a bed. They give me two breathing treatments, a couple hours on oxygen, saline, and a respiratory IV drug plus levaquin. I went home with a prescription for levaquin and Phenergan. They said I looked too good to be admitted. I was ORDERED to come back Sunday morning for a repeat chest x-ray. I started coughing up blood in the shower Saturday night. I had been told to come in sooner if I had worsening symptoms. My chest did hurt worse! So I come in and was completely disrespected. Weren't you just here yesterday, your lungs sound really good, I wouldn't want that extra radiation with your cancer history etc(been cancer free for nearly 2 years and I get x rays and cts frequently to make sure it isn't back...duh!) I said the doctor told me to come back for another x ray and she said snidely well that's up to the doctor. I was wheeled back to the xray room. Told to go back to the waiting room and then a NURSE brings me discharge papers and says to keep up what I am doing, it is only in the left upper lobe now. I look down and it says Viral pneumonia upper left lobe. I asked her how did it turn from bacterial to viral overnight? She blushes and says I think I made a typo but it doesn't matter just keep doing what you are doing. I still don't understand how pneumonia in my right lung just vanished in less than 24 hours. So... the fevers are on the rise again (just broke 101.8) so I go back to my primary dr yesterday and she wanted to culture the junk in my chest. IDK if the specimen was good enough as I wasn't able to cough up much. So now when I cough I usually vomit. They refuse to admit me, so I guess I just wait and pop the levaquin and tylenol until someone calls me. What would you do? I have been EVERYWHERE my insurance is covered and no one will recognize how much pain I'm in or how scared I am. My primary care doc is doing her best but this is still frightening. None of my family is sick. It is making my up till now controlled depression worse. I don't have anyone to take care of me. I am the one who takes care of people and right now I wish I could sleep and wake up better.[/QUOTE]





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